on Writing Forward:
What is figurative (as opposed to literal) language?
Figurative language says one thing but means another. However, figurative language does not intend to deceive. There is an expectation that figurative language will be understood and correctly interpreted by the listener or reader. We get the term “figure of speech” from figurative language.
In poetry, we frequently use figurative language, because it can be more meaningful, vivid, and expressive.
Let’s take a closer look at figurative language and how we can best use it in poetry writing.